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Marseille Noir (France)

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Following the success of Paris Noir, the Akashic Noir Series delves into an even darker, more noir French city.

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What people are saying…

“Gritty from east to west, Marseille is the perfect venue for the latest in Akashic’s venerable Noir series. While earlier entries in this 70-volume series have sometimes been bleak and atmospheric, this one is all red meat. . . . Just as Marseille is tailor-made for noir, this dark banquet is tailor-made for noir fans.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The stories . . . are united by vivid and evocative writing, as well as by a distinctive take on the city. Another strong entry in a series that should be required reading for crime fans.”

“This entry in Akashic’s noir series navigates the seedy side of Marseille with 14 stories that range from the creepily introspective to the downright brutal.”
Publishers Weekly


Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

The Akashic Noir Series first ventured into France with Paris Noir, and now moves one step deeper . . .

Featuring brand-new stories translated from French by David Ball and Nicole Ball: François Beaune, Philippe Carrese, Patrick Coulomb, Cédric Fabre, René Frégni, Christian Garcin, Salim Hatubou, Rebecca Lighieri, Emmanuel Loi, Marie Neuser, Pia Petersen, Serge Scotto, Minna Sif, and François Thomazeau.

Cet ouvrage publié dans le cadre du programme d’aide à la publication bénéficie du soutien du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France représenté aux Etats-Unis.
This work, published as part of a program of aid for publication, received support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in the United States.

Table of Contents


Part I: Mythologies
“The Josettes Really Liked Me” by Christian Garcin (Endoume)
“Extreme Unction” by François Thomazeau (Vélodrome Stadium)
“Silence Is Your Best Friend” by Patrick Coulomb (Le Panier)
“The Dead Pay a Price for the Living” by René Frégni (Château-Gombert)

Part II: Wanderings
“I’ll Go Away with the First Man Who Says I Love You” by Marie Neuser (Le Frioul)
“On Borrowed Time” by Emmanuel Loi (L’Estaque)
“What Can I Say?” by Rebecca Lighieri (Longchamp)

Part III: Dirty & Rebellious
“Katrina” by François Beaune (La Belle de Mai)
“The Problem with the Rotary” by Philippe Carrese (La Cayolle)
“The Prosecution” by Pia Petersen (Vieux-Port)
“Green, Slightly Gray” by Serge Scotto (La Plaine)

Part IV: Always Outward Bound
“The Red Mule” by Minna Sif (Belsunce)
“The Warehouse for People from Before” by Salim Hatubou (La Solidarité)
“Joliette Sound System” by Cédric Fabre (La Joliette)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Published: 12/1/15
  • IBSN: 9781617752957
  • e-IBSN: 9781617753640


CÉDRIC FABRE was born in 1968 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and moved to France at age fourteen. A freelance journalist who runs writing workshops, Fabre’s novels flirt with alternate history (La commune des minots), fantasy, and noir (Marseille’s burning). He lives and works in Marseille. He is the editor of Marseille Noir.

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